Review by redkclark - On first receiving the game, it became quite evident that unless you knew Japanese, it would take some time to learn what to press to do what. Nonetheless, after some time I grappled the art of the menu screen and the various options. The whole game is pretty much button bashing . Controls are very easy to learn and is the best system ive seen in a long time.
One of the best things about this game is the superb cel-shaded graphics. Games like Budokai 1 & 2 have failed to produce a fighting game that uses this type of graphics to its full, while Viewtiful Joe have shown us the meaning of cel-shading! Naruto 2 comes very close to achieving that of Viewtiful Joe's, and wipes the floor with Budokai. The backgrounds are detailed and interesting (i.e. Hinata hiding behind a tree in the background!), and the animation is some of the sweetest I've seen in a fighting game for some time. I can guarantee you'll be stunned...^_^
Sound in the game is also very overrated. The same monotonous tones over and over again really start you push your buttons. i muted the TV because i just hated the music. Tomy needs to get approval to put some real naruto music in there.
The graphics only becomes a let down when you realise that many characters share similar combos, and the ease of pulling off the big moves edges in. It's not the most challenging of games, but the combat system is such that anyone can have a go (i.e. Super Smash Bros Melee); making the multiplayer mode a great laugh! The 4 player battles are a great addition, and give the game that little extra.
I fully played through the various story modes, but at a glance, it is evident that there's quite a bit to do. There's a shop where you can buy various skills & extras, similar to Budokai. Nothing special, but it's nice to have something like that in it. Lifespan wise, it'd keep a Naruto fan entertained for quite some time; but for the average person looking for a fighting game, you'd be better off with Soul Caliber 2. Better than Budokai 1 & 2 put together, but the simplicity of the game may be a let down to some. Get ninja taisen 3 for your money, but this is still a good investment, as it will keep you entertained for a long while.
|Graphics (9/10) Sound (9/10) Gameplay (4/10) Replay value (7/10) Overall (8/10)|